Mexico is cornering the U.S. meth market

Exploiting loopholes in the global economy, Mexican crime syndicates are importing mass quantities of the cold medicines and common chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine – turning Mexico into the No. 1 source for all meth sold in the United States, law enforcement agents say.

Nearly three years ago, the Mexican government appeared on the verge of controlling the sale of chemicals used to make the drugs, but the syndicates have since moved to the top of the drug trade.

Cartels have quickly learned to use dummy corporations and false labeling and take advantage of lax customs enforcement in China, India and Bangladesh to smuggle tons of the pills into Mexico for conversion into methamphetamine. Ordinary cold, flu and allergy medicine used to make methamphetamine – pills banned in Mexico and restricted in the United States – are still widely available in many countries…

For the cartels, the great thing about meth is it is not bound by geography,” a senior U.S. law enforcement agent with direct knowledge of the Mexican drug syndicates who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of security concerns. “You can buy the precursor chemicals off the shelf. You can order them on the telephone.”

You don’t succeed with any distributive crime without aid from coppers and politicians who are made comfortable with a share of the spoils.

No new laws are needed. No reforms, no modernization needed if governments make it worthwhile for honest men and women to do their job. And provide sanctions to fit the crime.

RTFA. More than the usual gory details that accompany Mexican crime you will learn about drug cartels that out-manage and out-perform the government and police – both sides of the border.

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